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SypherPK explains why Fortnite World Cup qualifiers could be “an absolute joke”

Published: 12/Apr/2019 19:04 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 19:41

by Albert Petrosyan


The qualifiers for the Fortnite is largely negative following what has been a series of in-game changes during Season 8 that many have opposed.

One of the biggest gripes that players have with the game is the continued existence of the Baller vehicle, which many from the competitive community have come out and bashed for being too overpowered and noncompetitive.

SypherPK’s rant about the Baller

On April 12, popular Twitch streamer and YouTuber SypherPK took to Twitter to share his thoughts on what kind of effect the Baller could have on the Fortnite World Cup and its qualifier tournaments.

“I just want to say if Fortnite keeps the Hamster Balls in the World Cup Qualifiers or Finals, then the tournament will be an absolute joke,” he tweeted. “If you don’t understand why the hamster balls are noncompetitive and make for a terrible viewing and playing experience, then I don’t know…”

Sypher, who is considered to be one of the better players in the game, announced several weeks ago that he will be taking competing a lot more seriously for the World Cup, whereas previously, his content was based more on casual gameplay. 

Why don’t Fortnite players like the Baller?

Most players would agree that the Baller simply has no place in the competitive scene, as fundamental aspects of the vehicle just don’t go well with how competitive matches play out.

The main concern has always been with the Baller’s overpowered nature, and the fact that players can simply hide in one and use it to move around in such a way that makes them difficult to take down, especially in the all-important endgame phase of matches.

Despite the recent nerf to Ballers, they continue to be very powerful in Fortnite, especially during the endgame.

Epic Games nerf the Baller

In an attempt to appease the competitive community, Epic decided to implement some changes to the Baller that saw its health be decreased from 300 to 200.

However, the plans that were originally announced by Epic – to give players the ability to shoot through the Baller’s glass outer layer and hit the driver – have apparently been scrapped after they said “it didn’t feel like the right solution” following a trial phase.

Epic GamesWith 10 weeks of qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup set to begin, fans are begging Epic Games to disable the Ballers.

Will the Baller be removed before the World Cup?

Epic have confirmed that the Fortnite World Cup will be played during Season 10, which means that the qualifiers and the final event will together span over three different Seasons (8-10).

With how Epic have treated controversial additions in the past, mainly the X-4 Stormwing plane, it would seem that the Ballers won’t be removed from the game until at least the start of Season 9.

However, if  Epic have been one thing it’s unpredictable, so no one really knows how long the Ballers will be there or even what would replace them once they get removed.

Call of Duty

FormaL claims FaZe are OpTic Chicago’s toughest competition for CDL 2021

Published: 26/Nov/2020 2:42 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 2:51

by Theo Salaun


OpTic Chicago’s Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper has revealed that he thinks the Atlanta FaZe will be the team to beat in the Call of Duty League’s 2021 season, citing how similar the two teams are.

A seven-year veteran in professional Call of Duty, FormaL boasts a wealth of expertise and some interesting insights. Excited for Black Ops Cold War and a refreshed CDL roster, back under the OpTic banner, the 2017 World Champion broke down his expectations for the 2021 season on an episode of “The Bakery” podcast.

Tucked in between romantic stories of trying to hide his gaming career from a crush and resisting Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s kiss attempts, FormaL discussed the upcoming competitive season. With former teammate Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson moved over to Atlanta, OpTic’s AR revealed that FaZe are the biggest concern in 2021 — not the 2020 champion Dallas Empire.

With the league transitioning to 4 vs. 4 and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War, FormaL believes that Chicago is primed to win CDL Champs, but that Atlanta is the toughest test ahead.

For mobile users, segment begins at 39:45.

Like sniping from the safety of a head glitch, FormaL did not hesitate at all when asked who would Chicago considers the most troubling team in 2021: “Definitely FaZe. FaZe is just another powerhouse … They’re pretty well-rounded, they got an insane amount of talent, they all want to play with each other. It’s just how our team is.”

Pinpointing FaZe’s roster balance, FormaL elaborated that the inclusion of Arcitys simply adds a new element to the competition between Chicago and Atlanta: “Alec’s a really good friend of mine. It’s gonna be really fun to play against him the whole year. You’ve got the Simp, aBeZy duo, you’ve got the Cellium thing … it’s gonna be a good rivalry for sure.”

In 2020, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris were one of the best SMG duos in the CDL while McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel was an MVP candidate (alongside Simp) in the flex role. When he spoke with Dexerto back in July, Cellium also told us that he thought Arcitys was the best AR in the league.

While respectful of the talent and balance this new FaZe roster enjoys, FormaL was unfazed when asked who wins CDL Champs 2021: “We do. 100 percent.” This coincides with his earlier explanation that the change to 4 vs. 4 suits a Chicago team that prefers that style, is excited to reunite with Dashy, and enjoys Treyarch titles.

Last year, the Empire came first, FaZe came second, and Chicago (at that point, the Huntsmen) came third. This year, FormaL expects to win, FaZe to repeat with silver, and it doesn’t even seem like third place is on his radar: “I don’t know who the f**k comes third, Paris?”